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Test results expected this week on water contamination at Chestnut Beach

Results from the latest testing of contaminated water near Clarkston’s Chestnut Beach are expected this week.

The public was advised last week to not swim or play in shoreline Snake River water along the area after routine weekly testing results showed elevated levels of fecal bacteria.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the contamination likely developed because of waterfowl feces, combined with recent higher seasonal temperatures.  The area remains open, though as a precaution, warning signs have been posted near the shoreline.

The Corps will test the beach weekly and notify the public when it is safe to swim.   (Lewiston Tribune)

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